Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Member's Interests

I made a quick review of the subjects that seemed to interest the VC members the most during the past month and here is the result:
Habs Fans
Bannantyne School Teachers - Anybody remember them
St Willibrord School
Recent movies seen
Verdun Schools
Interesting sites
Opinions re. Verdun Connections
Radio programs
What are you watching
Our schools seem to have a priority, good, lets continue.


Just to let all know....I fell  on Sept.24 and dislocated my elbow and due to have this happen,,had to be drugged to reset the elbow, and next day my MS took over and have been in the hospital ever since,will be released on Dec. 19 and will see if can walk,,,such is life with MS

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


We all know how to spell Quebec, but how do we pronounce it?
I can think of three different ways I have heard it pronounced:
1) Kay bec
2) Cue bec
3) Kwee bec
Of course I have also heard to hatcheted other ways as well.  Often butchered down in that country that we're not supposed to mention here (where Dubya lives), but also from some foreigners (where Dubya doesn't live).

Forwarded email.

Anything which gripes me after ten years on line is email from friends
and family which have been forwarded 9 times. They have the
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> marks and Include every single email address the
message, joke, or words of wisdom has been forwarded by. I have asked
certain 'forwarders' to please refrain from sending me these posts as I
never read them anyway. All have complied. Other forwarders, such as my
granddaughters I say nothing of course.
Here is one solution. Paste the post to a word processor and erase
everything but the meat of the post then paste it to a fresh email.
Your friends and family will be appreciative believe me. Only a thought
to the mature.

"A child's hand in yours -- what tenderness and power it arouses. You
are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength."
- Marjorie Holmes


I'm certain that this site already knows all about this, but just "In Case"
someone doesn't know...Here's a "Heads Up"....


>Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 13:39:44 -0500
>----- Forwarded by Sydney Layne/CRMDI/Reg06/SSSS on 2005-11-28 13:38 -----
> From: Joanne
> To:
>, "Wendy Fine"
> @
> SSSS, "Lee, Lenny"
>",, "Kaaren De Sousa"
>>> "Tanya Viltofsky"
>> cc:
> Subject: USEFUL
> 2005-11-25
>  During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured
>everyone that she was fine (they
>  offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her
>new shoes. They got her cleaned
>  up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up,
>Ingrid went about enjoying
>  herself the rest of the evening.
>  Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been
>taken to the hospital - (at
>  6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.)?She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ - had
>they known how to identify
>  the signs of a stroke perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.
>  It only takes a  minute to read this-
>  A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours
>he can totally reverse the
>  effects of a stroke...totally.?He said the trick was getting a stroke
>recognized, diagnosed and
>  getting to the patient within 3 hours which is tough.
>  Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple
>  1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.
>  2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
>  3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
>  (Coherently) (i.e. . .It is sunny out today)
>  If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately
>and describe the symptoms to
>  the dispatcher.
>  After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify
>facial weakness, arm
>  weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to
>learn the three questions.?They
>  presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual
>meeting last February.
>  Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and
>treatment of the stroke and prevent
>  brain damage.

Mike Caracciolo

Mike Caracciolo was on the Greg Giraldo show on Comedy Central, and the
video can be viewed on Mike's web site. I think he should have worn a

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure
and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
--Albert Einstein

Monday, November 28, 2005

George Beurling

Reports on what happened are varied. George Beurling ended up at Urbe Airport in Rome on his way to Israel. Their transportation was a Norduuyn Norseman, an aircraft known to be tricky on takeoff if the pilot was not familiar with it. On May 21, 1948, the front page of the Montreal Gazette reported that George Beurling and his friend, an American fighter pilot, Moshe Cohen, were dead. His engine cut on take-off, and in a desperate attempt to get his Norseman back on to the field he spun in. Sabotage was suspected but never proven.


Just found this artical .


Sunday, November 27, 2005

First Montreal Electric Tramway-1892

the no. 350 "Rocket" was the first electric tramway put into service by the "Montreal Street Railway Co." in 1892. The net in front of the vehicule was to receive any pedestrian that the tramway would have picked up and to prevent any serious accident.
This picture may have already appeared on this site.
(More interesting events from the SHGV archives)

What are you watching or listing to

I got the Grey cup parade on the tv set.
Got the Notorius Cherry Bombs on the Media Player.
Checking out the Verdun Cinnections Site.
Got the popcor out and the chips even the dip.
"have fun N play safe"
Smile your face won't crack.

Try This Christmas

Interesting site, and not commercial, geez some folks are so smart, hope you enjoy    Jimmy

Saturday, November 26, 2005


my name is allan taylor and i lived in verdun through almost all my childhood i attended riverview elementary school and argyle academy from 1985(ish) to 1994(ish) sorry bad with dates
 but anyway if you know me or just want to talk im here

Film history.

On this day in 1942, the movie Casablanca had its premiere at the
Hollywood Theater in New York City. Casablanca is the story of Rick
Blaine, an American nightclub owner in North Africa during World War
II. One night, he is approached by a French Resistance fighter named
Victor and his wife Ilsa, who are trying to get papers to escape to
America. Ilsa happens to be Rick's true love, who deserted him when the
Nazis invaded Paris.

The movie took ten weeks to shoot. The original title was "Everybody
Comes to Rick's." One of the actors considered for the part of Rick was
Ronald Regan, but the producer eventually settled on Humphrey Bogart.
The script was constantly rewritten throughout the shooting, and not
even the writers knew whether Ilsa would end up with Rick or Victor at
the end. The reviews were mixed, but it was a box office hit, and it
went on to with the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1943.

Casablanca now one of the best-loved and most quoted movies of all
time. It contains lines such as, "Of all the gin joints, in all the
towns, in all the world, she had to walk into mine," "The problems of
three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy
world," "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," and,
"Here's looking at you, kid."

Don MacNeil

Yes!!!Now that you mentioned it I do believe that it was the Don MacNeil
breakfast club from chi town.......However we did have some good or very
good radio in Montreal in those days.....There was an announcer that came on
C.J.A.D. for the late morning show named Rod Dewar, & he played very little
music, but spoke for much of his three hours, about various topics......I
was very moved by his radio show, as he was very well spoken. His diction
was perfect, & he seemed very meticulous, about the way he chose his topics
& articulated them....I learned to speak very good English by listening to
him...He was a great influence in my life.......


Friday, November 25, 2005

Zero to 200 in 2 seconds.

A husband was in big trouble when he forgot his wife's birthday. His
wife told him "Tomorrow there'd better be something in the driveway
for me that goes zero to 200 in 2 seconds flat". The next morning the
wife found a small package in the driveway. She opened it and found a
brand new bathroom scale.

"A bit of perfume always clings to the hand that gives the rose."

- Chinese proverb

Radio Programs

Some of the radio programs that I used to enjoy, around the 1950 era, were:
- The Lone Ranger
- Amos and Andy
But I'm trying to remember what station played the following:
Every morning, around the same time, an announcer used to play a marching band type of music, and announced "It's time to march around the breakfast table."  I remember marching around the table with my sister and brother.
Another favorite was listening to the "Teddy Bear's Picnic".  The song went something like "If you go out in the woods today....." but I don't remember what station it was on.
Does anyone else remember these, or did you have a favorite radio program?

Holiday shopping

I use to work in Chicago, in a department store

I use to work in Chicago, but I don't work there anymore.

A lady came in for a girdle, I asked her what she wore

Rubber she said, and rub her I did

SOOOOOOOO, I don't work there anymore.

"Holiday Season"

Be ye kind, one to another, forgiving one another. Well now that we (I) have the chest thumping and ranting out of the way. Hopefully we can get back to "Remembering Verdun & having fun". It is the "Holiday Season" when we can have peace on this site, and goodwill towards everyone. No matter what has transpired here, the one thing we each have to admit, is that the managers have done a great job and devoted a lot of time to keeping most of us in line. A thankless job in most cases, BUT much appreciated. A lot of us are on the slippery downside of life, and want to remember those joys we had growing up. The stupid things we did and lived to (NOT TELL OUR KIDS ABOUT) remember. Those were the days my friends, we thought they would never end. Remember???????? Happy Holidays to ALL my new Verdun Connection friends. Winston Allison

One More Month Until Christmas

Just a month away for Christmas times going fast have all
your shopping done.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


To all my Verdun Connection friends now living in the USA. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you each enjoy your turkey today and have a little Thanksgiving goose today. To my my friends in Canada, feel free to participate in having a little goose yourself. Winston Allison OOPS Did I really say that??????



Weather Conditions

It is a nice warm and suny day
here in Ottawa for November
As you can see from these nice pictures.

Opinions re: Verdun Connections

I have a hard time understranding  why some people need to ask Les or management to delete certain subjects. The job done by management of this site is an example to other groups  , to think that one must request to have something that bothers them deleted , boggles my mind. I mean , no one HAS to read anything that does not interest them, I do not believe in a lot of things that others do, therefore is someone suggesting I dont post because it might offend , unless its religion or hard core porn, I think we should post whatever we think others MIGHT be interested in, if the subject does not agree with your thinking DONT READ IT , I am that selective about watching T V  :I only watch what I want to , same here , lets grow up and keep this a fun place , next thing you know management will have enough of this nonsense and leave, thats my opinion .  JImmy

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ave Gibbons Ave, Verdun

L'avenue Gibbons à été nommée en l'honneur du Conseiller John W. Gibbons, representant le Quartier No. 1.
Gibbons Avenue was named in honor of John W. Gibbons representing Ward No. 1.
Archives SHGV


You may subscribe to the Aljazeera on-line news paper. The terrorists
points of view.

"You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history
of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the
things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with
all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive."
- James Baldwin

Monday, November 21, 2005

Verdun Glider Club 1935 - 1942

Enclosed is a photo of a glider built by the Verdun Glider Club founded in 1935 by Albert Wm. Quicke and flying a Medium Ranger Primary Glider over the grounds of the Verdun High School, Manning Ave., The glider was launched by car-tow, driven by Frank Woodfine. The glider reached an altitude of app. 150 feet
and flew over a distance  of varying 1000 ' plus or minus depending on the tow speed release and elevation. Tow speed was app. 35 mph. The year was 1935. The glider was built by Albert Wm. Quicke and Raymond Dennis. The construction of the glider took 6 months to complete. Information supplied by Melissa Ann Quicke Kennedy the daughter of Albert Wm Quicke.The Club lasted from 1935 to 1942 and had 12 to 15 members
One photo appeared on the front page of "Les Argoulets",  the spring 2004 quarterly magazine of the SHGV.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

N Y Giants

I remember way back when , in Verdun, my dad came home with a /T v  set , must have weighed 100 lbs, with a 5 inch screen, black and white of course, only station outside of montreal was channel 5, and on sundays we could get NFL football, N Y Giants, I am still to this day a giants fan, any one else follow the giants,   they are leading now10  0  over eagles   Jimmy


Sorry everyone, the dance is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion Verdun Branch #4
on Verdun Ave.

Dance at Verdun #4 Royal Canadian Legion

Hi everyone, There is a Sock Hop Dance being held Saturday, November 26th
at 8:00 p.m., $10.00 a ticket..great band "Fabulous Flashbacks"..COME ONE,
COME ALL, bring your friends, dress up (50's & 60's) if you wish and have a great time.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Wrongful death suit

I cannot understand how a man or woman 'acquitted' of murder can be
found guilty in a wrongful death suit (Blake and O.J.). Is this a
lucrative scam for the lawyers? If the children of Bonnie Lee Bakely
are awarded 30 Mil then the lawyers pay day is 'at least' 10 mil. This
doesn't include the millions Blake has already payed up to the
profession through 2 separate trails.

I never thought either guy was innocent but... If Blake or OJ were
found guilty in the criminal trial the lawyers would end up with
considerable less moola. Why don't we hear about this money making
procedure happening in a mob trial, and why the rich and famous? I
should have gone to law school, but I would have had to graduate from
high school first.

- Irish saying

Friday, November 18, 2005

Emailing: Belmont

Check out this site for pictures of Belmont
Park      Ed
Your files are attached and
ready to send with this message.

Jolly Roger Gang.

What year was that 'Jolly Roger' photo taken. Incredible picture.

- Irish saying

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Theater A

Was anyone out there a member of Theatre A or the VHS "Junior" Alumni in the late 50's early 60's?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

change of address

A few months back I changed my email from to but since have not received the weekily update or been able to rejoin, keeping getting returned back to main page. Cou;ld you please update ny email address.
Vic Bennett

Pajama Playhouse

Hello,not sure if anyone mentioned this or not.But a teacher from Verdun High was the hostess on Pajama Playhouse anyone out there remember her? Also one of the male teachers was a weatherman ...anyone?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mike Garacciolo

You gotta check out this guy's videos. Some foul language but
definitely a philosopher. I personally like the one of Johnny Cash.




1. There's one "sport" in which neither the spectators nor the
participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What
is it?
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for
several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every
year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the
team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the
5. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
6. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear
inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is
genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the
7. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw."
They are all common.  Name two of them.
8. There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar.  Can you
name half of them?
9. Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers?"
10. There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base
without getting a hit. Taking a base on balls (a walk) is one way. Name
the other six.
11. It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned,
processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?
12. Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet that begin
with the letter "S."

Monday, November 14, 2005

Gasoline prices website  If you are watching gas prices around town this is the Quebec website - I keep a watch on prices here in Calgary with another link.

For your poetry corner

I was thinking
today, in my bed as I lay

Inspecting a
crack in the ceiling

That my fa챌ade
too needs a paint job or two.

And my plaster
will soon begin peeling.


Life goes by
fast, leaving memories vast

And some of
them cause me to smile.

I see my swift
pace leading all in the race

It won me the
two and  a half mile.


An old woman I
challenged to mock her.

Well she had
me beat, that cunning old cheat.

She showed up
using a walker.


My memory too,
makes me silly things do.


My body parts
old will bring in some gold,

When the good
ones they start to recycle.

On some bloke
may begin a new cycle.


And I spill
everything in sight.


Some days I
feel fine and this body of mine.

Feels that a
new life is coming.


So I said to
the nurse old age is a curse

As she
followed me round with the mop.

She said do
what you can, when you are an old man


Ed Brown

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Teenage friends of Jack Haines

Hi, Fellow Verdunites!
If anyone would know the whereabouts of my following teenage friends, would you mind letting me know, or telling them that I would like to get in touch with them for Old Time's sake.  Thank you.
Cheryl and Craig Mills (they used to live on Beatty, between Bannantyne and Beurling.  They have a sister Wendy.  Cheryl and Craig both attended VHS.)
John Norris
Rick Carlin (attended VHS.)
Heather McDowell (attended VHS.  I think she lived on the avenues, but which one I don't remember.)
Have a good day, Everyone,

Montreal Canadians

Where does the nick name 'Habs' originate from. I grew up following the
'Canadians' and do not remember that particular name. Have they always
been referred as the Habs, and if not when and why did it begin?

"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they
say, Lo here! or Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within

Saturday, November 12, 2005


 Does Anybody Remember Normans Fish & Chips (Or Was It Normands). If I'm Right It Was Inbetween  2nd & 3rd On Verdun. Great Steamed Hot Dogs & Fries. If You Do Remember It You Will Recall The 3-D Floor Tile.  What I Miss.Good Pizza,Humpty Dumpty B-B-Q Chips,Dillilo Burger,Snow white Cream Soda.I dont Miss Winter,Summer                      

Interesting Sites or Links

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Two Lying thieving Buffoons

I am speaking of course of the two most recent Mayoral candidates for the city of Montreal..........tremblay.....& bourque ( they don't deserve capital letters on their names),.........these two Bums,....had the audacity to snub the Remembrance Day Ceremony' tremblay had a 'full schedule'......(couldn't spare 2 f&$@#ing minutes,..........and the other Bum (he gets a capital for that),......calls a Press Conference , 11 am.         Well Now there's the true nature of these 'Two Lying ,Thieving Buffoons'  ( Iwas going to say BASTARDS ,..but it wouldn't look good on Our Site)...........
Reminds me of the sailor in the Navy , that asked his Captain what he'd do ,if he were called a Bastard.........the Captain replied He would have to discipline the sailor,for insubordiantion ( throw him in the brigg),...So the sailor asked what would happen to him if he 'thought ' the Captain was a Bastard.........the Captain replied that he would Do Nothing ,cause he cannot help what someone Thinks...........So the Sailor,said 'Good,...cause I Think , your a Bastard........................hahahahahaha
and that's what I Think of those Two Buffoons                        (you really need to lighten up your schedule ,if you can't find two minutes in your day to Respect the People who Died so you could have an ELECTION........................   Wow 

Great Remembrance Video

"Good 'Ol " Victah 1 here! My Dad spent 5 years (1940-45) in France, Holland.Belgium,Italy,North Africa and saw plenty of action with the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was one of the lucky ones, he survived, however most of his Company (16th Field) did not. ( Many Montrealers and Verdun Men)"Bless 'em ALL, the long and the short and the Tall!" His Father, (me Granpa) served with the Highlanders in WW1, in France. He survived, too, (From Newfoundland Roots they were) I remember those tough years in Verdun, hoping he'd come home. "Je Me Souviens!" That's what that expression means to me!
Terry Kelly is a Newfoundlnd singer/song writer... a major talent, who is blind.  I'm sure you'll enjoy both reading about him and his video singing, "A Pittance of Time."  (There are a few other videos for those of you with MPEG capabilities.) Just go to the site and click on Videos at the left of page.

A victory over death and hate.,,251-1864009,00.html

"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they
say, Lo here! or Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within


November 11 was originally called Armistice Day because it was on this
day in 1918 that the First World War came to an end. The
armistice was signed at 11:00 AM, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh
day of the eleventh month of the year. After four years of brutal
trench fighting, nine million soldiers had died and 21 million were
wounded. It was called "The War to End All Wars," because it was the
bloodiest war in history up to that point, and it made many people so
sick of war that they hoped no war would ever break out again.

Many intellectuals and artists were disillusioned by the war. The
philosopher Bertrand Russell said, "All this madness, all this rage,
all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been
brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious
lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have
chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should
suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country's pride."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wagon Wheel

I can't remember what topic that the mentoin
of The Wagon Wheel was in . Someone mention
it and I remember it was Pete and The Country
Gentlemen that played there until the fire .
Monday through Thursday . The doorman was a
big fellow with a thick Handlebar moustash . Never
drank hard liquere there .
(Only beer haha)

November 11th

Speaking about families that sent men to the world war 2 My family (Holdaway's), My father (Bill) along with Uncles George,Stan, Chris and My Uncle Stan Baker all were overseas, and all returned home back to Verdun, and Only Uncle Chris is still with us. Let us Remember All

What does 11-11-11(Remberance day) mean to you

It reminds me of Growing up in Verdun, Korean War and Verdunites Gerry Maxwell and Rosaire Marcotte , I think of My dad in the navy , and my mother home with 3 kids while he was away at war, I think of all the Vets and the ones who sacrificed their lives for us , and I wonder what its all about . How about you  Jimmy

Teddy Stoddard.

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of
school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she
looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.
However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped
in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did
not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and
that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be
unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take
delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and
then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However,
when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a
ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a
joy to be around.."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an ex cellent student, well
liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a
terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on
him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much
interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't
show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he
sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of
herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas
presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for
Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper
that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in
the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh
when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing,
and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the
children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was,
putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on he r wrist. Teddy
Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs.
Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very
day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she
began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to
Teddy As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more
she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year,
Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite
her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one
of her "teacher's pets.."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her
that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote
that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still
the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things
had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and
would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured
Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had
ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor's deg ree, he decided to go a
little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and
favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer....
The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter
that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be
married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago
and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding
in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of
course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the
one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was
wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their
last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's
ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much
for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back She said, "Teddy,
you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make
a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Things kids say

Things kids say: 


   I was driving with my three young children one warm summer
evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and
waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I
heard my 5-year-old shout from the back-seat, "Mom! That lady
isn't wearing a seat belt!"


   My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell
me he'd

   dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and
threw it in

   the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then
ran to my

   bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and
said with 

   a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too
then, 'cause it

   fell in the toilet a few days ago.


   On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher
a note from

   his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this
child are not

   necessarily those of his parents."


   A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the
jar. During  her struggle the phone rang so she asked her
4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister,
Mommy," the child said to her

   mother. Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk
to you

   right now. She's hitting the bottle."


   A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the
women's locker

   room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with


   grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched

   amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever
seen a

   little boy before?"

   POLICE # 1

   While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary
school, I was

   interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and
down at my

   uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and

   writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I
should ask

   the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her.

   then," she said as she extended her foot toward me,

   "would you please tie my shoe?"

   POLICE # 2

   It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front
of the

   station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was

   and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you
got back

   there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy
looked at me

   and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd
he do?"


   While working for an organization that delivers lunches to

   shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my
afternoon rounds.

   She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old

   particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I
found her

   staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I
braced myself

   for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and

   "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

   A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When
she saw

   her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't
wear that

   suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives
you a

   headache the next morning."


   While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our

   heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar

   Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a
dead robin.

   Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had
secured a small

   box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the

   of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the

   prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what
he thought

   his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto
the Sonnn

   ..... and into the hole he gooooes."


   A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm

   wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I
can't write

   and they won't let me talk!"


   A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as

   fingered through the old pages Suddenly, something fell out of
the Bible.

   He picked up the object and looked at it.  What he saw was an
old leaf

   that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I

   the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With

   in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's

It had to Happen!!

Subject: War

This morning, from a cave
somewhere in Pakistan, Taliban Minister of Migration, Mohammed Omar, warned
the United States that if military action against Iraq continues, Taliban
authorities will cut off America's supply of convenience store managers.

If this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be

It's getting ugly.

Minutemen Topic

Good 'ol Victah here! Ahh. what a grand discussion it's been! Isn't it amazing how 'Generalizations' can be the spark which ignites communications, emotions, as well as Nationalism, criticism and all those other 'isms!' I was going to recant my original statement earlier, but when the discussions really got going, I tho't I'd wait awhile, at least until things got a little heated, because that's where true personalities start surfacing. We need to remember Verdun, (Could any of us really forget those days?) but where did everyone go and how are they doing and what are they thinking. Now that's what it's all about. As for my recanting, let me 'exit gracefully' as one person suggested,  by clarifying further. I still firmly believe, even after all the discussions, innuendos and some sensible replies, that "The Laws of our Countries supercede ALL Religious Laws!" (I should also
 have stated "Separation of Church and State," which I believe in) My 'broad brush' statement:  " Muslims don't feel that way" admittedly should have been stated: "Fanatic Muslims and many Fanatic Muslim clerics have openly declared that they don't feel that way. They preach KILLING of ALL INFIDELS! " That's YOU if you aren't of their Faith! (As examplified by the many Fanatical Insurrgents, followers of Islam, who are blowing themselves and others  to pieces on a daily basis.) So, I hope I stand corrected.  As for the Minutemen, they've made their point and soon there will be more much needed Border Patrol Security on the Mexico-U.S. Border. Thank you ALL for your discussions and EMails.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2005


Hi BobB,

I also said I didn't feel this was the correct forum for this BS but you
seemed to miss that point too! I don't care what political, religious, ethnicity
or nationality you choose, you will find extremists among them and ignorance
transcends all boundries. My point to Ed was and is merely that I felt he was
wrong and did not appreciate the rediculous statements he said. His
generalizations were that we all felt the same regarding Canada and we do not!
Enough said! If you want to debate with Victah, you go right ahead and help
yourself to happiness. I have enough Muslim friends and enough knowledge of
the Quran than to dignify his statement (see my comment above regarding
ignorance transcending all boundaries).

If you really feel the need to continue this, contact me at and spare those who use
this forum for what it really was meant for.


Assalamu alaikum,



Grand Canyon Pics

Well Les, I've tried to make them
goes.....If by chance this does work....thank you for your

The 1st pic is the beginning of the South Kaibai
Trail (sp?), the 2nd is about 1 hour into the hike.  Notice the difference
in colors!


Remembrance Day

A Pittance of Time
A very moving tribute to those who fought so we could have choices.

Hmmm I Wonder

Just came across this site ,......Ive seen similar film over the last couple of years, does give pause for thought,......You be the Judge,.......( check out the Home page & links,......keep an open mind           
in keeping with a mentioned theme in the minuteman heading,about Terrorist's coming from Canada,..I think we all know now ,.that None of the 911, suspected & known terrorists's came from Canada,......However one did try to enter the USA via the Blackball/Coho,...ferry from Victoria to Washington State(not involved with 911) and caused no damge ,.due to an alert US customs official, for the 911 guys ,,several ,were trained in the US, learn to fly (not land ) large aircraft,...However with all that stuff said & done , shouldn't be cause for dissention among the group,..they are only opinions by different members, can agree or disagree,..but the need to defend the country on either side of the 49th isn't neccessary (but have fun).......     check out the available songs and films to watch and thought provoking (unless your an Ostrich)...........hahahahahaha        *the one on the Pentagon is interesting, well as a song on the Home page of the site,.......I'll let you all search for them yourselves,so as not to Sway Opinion.   on either side of the divide..........hahahah            and above all Remember to Have Fun & Remember Verdun

Monday, November 7, 2005

Re:Re: Minutemen

Read the message again BOB B. Then put your brain in gear! My remarks are relevant to Terrorists, be they whatever religion, whatever race , whatever Nationality. Protests with violence and destruction should be met with Violence and destruction!!!!! It's the "bleeding hearts" instead of the "Leading hearts" that are also responsible for many of our Social ills! Take anothe minute and tell me ALL you know. Sez Victah1

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Sunday, November 6, 2005


Silence is the language God speaks. Everything else is a bad

Hill Brothers

Did anyone read the gazette today.There is a  interesting story about 5 brothers from Verdun that fought in the second world war one of them has passed on.They all came back safe from the war.Ther name is Hill.There was another Hill, Douglas Hill from Verdun he was not so lucky he didn't come home.Many Verdun families sent 3 or 4 boys off to War.Only 2 familys sent more the Hills and the the Tremblays they sent 5.They said they felt it was there duty and oblegation to their Country.They got paid seventy five cents a day they would send it home to their family.They are all in their eighties now..
We Will Remember Them.


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VHS 1962 Year book - Jack Haines

After reading your message of the 1st of November, I noticed that you mentioned that you attended the VHS in 1962 so I took the liberty of checking our archives at the SHGV and came up with the enclosed photo. This is a photo of Grade 1X-K and there is a W. Haines, would this be a picture of you ?
I also noticed that there is a B. Rattigan shown and I am wondering if he would be  related to a the Rattigans that lived on Church St. in the 40s. There were 2 Rattigan boys who used to play with the area gang but I cannot remember their first names.

Friday, November 4, 2005

Lest WE Forget

                                          In Flanders Fields

                                 In Flanders fields the poppies blow
                                 Between the crosses, row on row,
                                 That mark our place; and in the sky
                                 The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                                 Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                                 We are the Dead. Short days ago
                                 We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
                                 Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
                                 In Flanders Fields.

                                 Take up our quarrel with the foe:
                                 To you from failing hands we throw
                                 The torch; be yours to hold it high.
                                 If ye break faith with us who die
                                 We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                 In Flanders fields.

~  John McCrae, 1915 ~

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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

No Direction Home

"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret
is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for
wallowing in."
-Katherine Mansfield


Tuesday, November 1, 2005


Hello, Fellow Verdunites—Past and Present!
My name is Jack, and I just dropped in to say greetings to you all, and to touch base with anyone who might remember me.  I have very fond memories of Verdun and all the close friends and people I grew up with.
Here's a little about me . . .
I lived with my foster parents and other foster children on Melrose Avenue, between Bannantyne and Champlain, until I married in 1967.
I attended Woodland Public School (WPS) and Verdun High School (VHS), but was never graduated (VHS, that is!—I left grade 9 in '62).
The last names of WPS female teachers I remember are Armstrong, Daigle, Harvey, and Foot (music); the only male teacher was Salmi.  The principal then was Dryburgh.
At VHS, I remember only these male teachers:  Oulton (class teacher for grades 8 and 9); Stirling (math); Hiltz (phys. ed.); and Cameron (metalwork, but only briefly, as I transferred to the art class—with all the girls!).  Dr. Grant, affectionately (!) called Pussyfoot, was the principal of VHS.
Some of my childhood friends were David S., Gary M., Gary H., Ian M., John G., John W., Norman B., and Victor T.-L.  Except for Ian, they all lived on Melrose.
Some teenage friends were John N., Rick C., Craig M.; and also included as friends were the girls I dated:  Carol L., Cheryl M. (Craig's sister), Geraldine C., Heather M., Pat P., and Linda L.
I'm related by marriage to one of the members listed here in Verdun Connections, but, sorry, I've promised not to reveal her name—well, at least, not yet . . . !
Have a GREAT day, Everyone!
J. Haines

Saturday Morning Radio Show

Hey everyone, does anyone remember the Radio Show "Call Me Uncle" with Hal
Stubbs, on Verdun Radio, C.K.V.L., in the 50'S, & was anyone on this show
for kids, as I was several times. I think that Bill O'Connor was the
greatest piano player, that I ever heard. He would pick up a tune from you
if you just hummed it, he was phenominal...I never realized that you had to
bring a gang with you to win. I of course never won, as I came from LaSalle
& hadn't many kids with


The Mensa Invitational.

The Mensa Invitational once again asked members to take any word from
dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter,
supply a new definition. Here are this year's {2005} winners;

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
ideas from penetrating.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
bad vibes, right? And then, the Earth explodes and it's like, a

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they
come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm
in the
fruit you're eating.

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Lest We Forget

Thanks for posting the poppy on the Home Page. Much appreciated.